Crypto Mining Malware Runs on iPhone
As reported on cryptovest a new research from Check Point shows cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting iPhones in crypto-mining attacks.
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Phones becoming popular crypto-mining targets
Check Point has released its Global Threat Index for September 2018, revealing an almost 400pc increase in crypto-mining malware attacks against Apple iPhones using the Coinhive mining malware.
Coinhive now impacts nearly a fifth of organizations worldwide. The malware retained the top spot, followed by a remote code execution worm dubbed ‘Dorkbot’ in second place and Coinhive competitor CryptoLoot.
Maya Horowitz, threat intelligence group manager at Check Point, commented: “What is most interesting is the fourfold increase in attacks against iPhones, and against devices using the Safari browser during the last two weeks of September.
“These attacks against Apple devices are not using the new functionality, so we are continuing to investigate the possible reasons behind this development.”